Stephen Strasburg extended his personal unbeaten to six straight outings (over which he’s gone 6-0 with a 2.39 ERA in 37 2⁄3 IP) with six scoreless on the mound tonight in the first of four with the Colorado Rockies in the nation’s capital, which the home team took, 11-1.
Pulling some info from the Nats’ pregame notes, Strasburg improved to (92-6) in his career when Washington’s offense gives the Nationals’ ‘09 No. 1 overall pick three or more runs of support while he’s in the game.
The team is now 108-15 in 123 starts in which they provided Stras with three or more runs.
Oh, and Trea Turner hit for the cycle, for the second time in his career, both of them against the Rockies, because of course.
Strasburg vs the Rockies: Heading into tonight’s start, Stephen Strasburg was unbeaten in his last five outings, with a 2.84 ERA, eight walks, 36 Ks, and a .238/.295/.328 line against in 31 2⁄3 IP over that stretch.
Stephen Strasburg, Bowel-locking 82mph Curveball. pic.twitter.com/6X6UQbkgyG— Rob Friedman (@PitchingNinja) July 23, 2019
After back-to-back scoreless outings (in which he struck out 20 in 13 1⁄3 IP), Strasburg gave up eight hits, two walks, and three earned runs in 5 1⁄3 IP last time out, in a start against the Atlanta Braves in SunTrust Park, earning his 12th win in the season in a 13-4 game.
Strasburg’s exploits at the plate in that outing (3 for 3, 3-run HR, 5 RBIs) played a part in his early exit, since he was out running the basepaths all night.
Stephen Strasburg, 94mph Fastball and 87mph Changeup, Overlay.— Rob Friedman (@PitchingNinja) July 24, 2019
Tonight in the nation’s capital, the right-hander tossed three scoreless to start, striking out six of the first 12 Colorado Rockies he faced as the Nationals jumped out to a 2-0 lead.
Strasburg was up to 91 pitches in 5.0 scoreless with seven strikeouts from 20 batters faced after he worked around a walk to the opposing pitcher in a 20-pitch fifth, and he picked up K No. 8 in a 16-pitch, 1-2-3 sixth that left him at 107 pitches and ended his outing...
He did, however, go just 1 for 2 at the plate. C’mon Stras...
Stephen Strasburg’s Line: 6.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 8 Ks, 107 P, 64 S, 5/3 GO/FO.
Lambert in D.C.: After earning back-to-back wins in his first two big league starts, Rockies’ righty Peter Lambert, a 2015 2nd Round pick, was winless in five starts going into tonight’s game, with an 8.37 ERA, four walks, 11 Ks, and a .353/.374/.706 line against in 23 2⁄3 IP over that stretch.
The 22-year-old starter fell behind early, as in five pitches in, when Trea Turner hit a 93 MPH 3-1 fastball out to left-center field for a leadoff home run and a 1-0 lead. Turner’s 8th. Adam Eaton doubled to center in the next at bat, took third on a groundout, and scored on a two-out RBI single to right-center by Matt Adams, 2-0.
It was still 2-0 Nationals in the fifth when Trea Turner tripled to right field to start the inning and Adam Eaton walked to put runners on the corners with no one out, but Lambert got Anthony Rendon swinging at an 0-2 fastball, got Juan Soto looking at a (questionable) 1-2 change, and got Matt Adams swinging at a full-count changeup for out No. 3 to keep it a two-run game.
Lambert returned to the mound in the bottom of the sixth and gave up a leadoff double by Brian Dozier, who shot one by third on a 1-1 changeup. Dozier took third base on a roller to short off Victor Robles’s bat, and scored on an RBI single by Yan Gomes, who had two hits over his previous 11 games and 39 plate appearances, but was 2 for 3 on the night after his RBI single, 3-0.
That was it for Lambert...
Peter Lambert’s Line: 5.1 IP, 9 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 8 Ks, 1 HR, 7/0 GO/FO.
Turner Leadoff Hero: Trea Turner’s leadoff home run tonight was the 9th of his career, tying him with Alfonso Soriano, who hit nine leadoff blasts in his one season in the D.C. in 2006, for the franchise lead (2005-present) in leadoff homers.
Soriano hit 46 total that season. Turner’s hit 52 total in five major league campaigns in his career so far.
Also Turner: Trea Turner hit for the cycle, starting with a home run in his first at bat of the game, then a single the second time up in the second, a triple in the fifth, and a double in the bottom of the seventh. Second time in his career, both times against the Rockies.
BULLPEN ACTION: Left-hander Sam Howard took over for the Rockies with a runner on first and one out in the bottom of the sixth, and pinch hitter Andrew Stevenson at the plate, and gave up an infield single on an inside-out spinner towards short. Trea Turner rolled into a 5-4-3 DP in the next at bat, however, ending the threat.
Wander Suero took over for the Nationals in the top of the seventh and gave up a one-out hit by Ryan McMahon, then picked him off first base for out No. 2 before striking out Chris Iannetta to end a 10-pitch frame.
Howard came back out for the bottom of the seventh and hit Anthony Rendon with one out and then gave up back-to-back singles by Juan Soto and Matt Adams that put the Nationals up 4-0. #ItMustBeThePilates
Pilates with Kolko™️ #Nats 1B @BigCityForReal swears by Pilates, and he and his fiancée @pilates4pros put @masnKolko to the test on a reformer.— Nationals on MASN (@masnNationals) July 23, 2019
Don't miss the segment tonight on "Nats Xtra" pregame. pic.twitter.com/Mo1KgZO68Y
Victor Robles drove Juan Soto in with a single off Rockies’ right-hander Jairo Díaz, 5-0, and Gerardo Parra came up the bases loaded and cleared the bases with single to left, 8-0.
Trea Turner, who was a double away from the cycle after homering the first time up, singling in the second, and tripling in the fifth, got it by doubling in the seventh. Second career cycle for the Nationals’ shortstop, both against the Rockies, and the fourth in franchise history, 9-0, and 11-0 after Anthony Rendon drove in two more with a double to left field...
Michael Blazek got his first opportunity with the Nationals in the top of the eighth, and threw a scoreless, 19-pitch frame, working around a leadoff single.
Blazek came back out in the ninth and gave up a one-out single by Ian Desmond and an RBI double by Yonder Alonso, 11-1. That’s how it ended. Ballgame.
Nationals now 53-46